Red Grade Flashing Sign Canceled

Red Grade Road in the Big Horns will not have a flashing safety speed light.

Following a public outcry, and backlash toward the resident who suggested the sign, the Sheridan County Commissioners rescinded the idea today, by voting down a previous approval of a grant to pay for its installation.

The resident brought the idea of the speed activated light to the commission during the last general meeting, with the idea, he said, of making the dangerous curve in front of his home safer for drivers. But, Commission Chairman Terry Cram said, since that time, many people have come forward to say they did not like the idea of having a flashing light going off in a pristine area. Cram said it was the same resident who proposed the idea who was now asking the commission to consider canceling the plan.

Following Cram's explanation, commissioner Bob Rolston, who voted in favor of the sign when it was proposed the first time, said he still thought having the warning sign was a good idea for public safety. But, he said, though he doesn't like to concede, the move may be the best way to handle the situation because of threats made to the homeowner. The vote to approve placement of the sign, originally, passed by a slim margin on a 3-2 vote, but was voted down, this time around, unanimously.

Also during the meeting, the commission proclaimed April as the month of the military child: and approved a revision in the lease agreement with Johnson County and the Game And Fish Department over water rights at Lake DeSmet, an agreement with Entech, Inc. for a water systems upgrade at the county fairgrounds, and adoption of a multi-hazard mitigation plan.

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